Movie Review: Curse of the Golden Flower

Another asian movie. What can I say, Netflix.com [affiliate] is the only movie place that there is the widest selection of asian movies that I’ve ever had a chance to rent from without waiting forever.
I must say that while I personally love director Zhang Yimou’s films, such as Hero and House of Flying Daggers, this film definitely brings out some of why Chinese critics do not like about this director. It’s not that the movie wasn’t great, but there was too much Japanese influence and given the past between the two countries, I can understand why there is some annoyance just like with his past movies.


With a star cast, including international star Chow Yun Fat, and Gong Li, along with Taiwanese pop singer Jay Chou, the acting was… well… superb. The plot was fairly usual in the Zhang Yimou style. If you’ve seen his movies, you should pretty much know what type of outcome there will be.
The storyline is about Emperor Ping, where he’s poisoning the Empress secretly. Due to the state of how an imperial family works, there is always a public and private perspective, where the public sees one side of the imperial family while there is an internal family war going on in the private side. The whole thing takes place during the Chrysanthemum Festival, which is significant later on in the storyline.
There is no historical relevance from the movie, and the vibrant colors and costumes were a mixture of different dynasties. In history, the gold color was not allowed to be worn by anyone but the emperor himself to signify importance. All that aside, the cinematography was in true Yimou style with brilliant colors and almost a breath-taking type of look when the camera panned outward.
If you are a Zhang Yimou fan, this should be another one for the shelves. Curse of the Golden Flower [affiliate] is another great masterpiece. If not, at least this is definitely another Jay Chou fangirl film. Not that I would know anything about that.